Chicago is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the U.S., yet also one of the most segregated and divided. How does this affect Chicago’s community as a whole: its economics, its education, and its health? The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Northwestern University has previously explored these issues as distinct topics, through study groups and noontime lectures. This fall we will examine them together and in a systematic way, to better understand their interconnectedness. The half-day community forum, co-hosted with Leadership Greater Chicago, will shed light on the endemic inequity in our city and the inevitable, far reaching consequences of ignoring the issues.
Our speakers include Marisa Novara, Vice President of the Metropolitan Planning Council and author of two recent studies: Cost of Segregation and Our Equitable Future: A Roadmap for the Chicago Region; and David Ansell, MD, Senior Vice President of Community Health Equity at Rush University and author of The Death Gap (University of Chicago Press, April 2017).
Our panel will discuss how community organizations can build stronger and more equitable communities by working together on interrelated challenges, including housing, health, education, business and neighborhood development. Our experts will share their ideas on what is being done, what can be done, and the consequences of inaction. A question and answer session with our speakers and panel will follow their talks.